Tuesday, December 20, 2005

SÃO PAULO, THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST CITY!

I was born and raised in the city of São Paulo. São Paulo (in English, Saint Paul) is the capital of the State of São Paulo in south eastern Brazil.


Paulista Avenue - Photo by Caio do Valle

Paulista Avenue Region - Photo by Jorge Eduardo Rubies

Paulista Avenue - Photo by www.fotosedm.hpg.ig.com.br

Paulista Avenue Region - Photo by Jorge Eduardo Rubies

Museum of Arte of São Paulo - Photo by www.iuav.it/homepage/

Museum of Art of São Paulo - Photo by www.iuav.it/homepage/

Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP) designed by Lina Bo Bardi in the 50s.

Photo by http://www.fotosedm.hpg.ig.com.br/

The "S" shaped building is one of Niemeyer's buildings named Edifício Copan. About five thousand people living in this building. Oscar Niemeyer (1907-) is the most famous Brazilian architect wich among many other things designed the whole Brasilia town, capital of the country since 1960.

Photo by http://bbs.keyhoke.com/

Itália Building at Ipiranga Avenue

Itália Building, Copan Building and Hilton Hotel
Photo by http://www.fotosedm.hpg.ig.com.br/

Caetano de Campos' School (I studied in this school)

Photo by http://www.fotosedm.hpg.ig.com.br/


Anhangabaú Square - Photo by Gabriel Fernandes

Pacaembú Neighborhood - Photo by www.fotosedm.hpg.ig.com.br

Pinheiros River and Bandeirantes Avenue - Photo by www.fotosedm.hpg.ig.com.br


"When talking about the State of São Paulo, the superlative form is a must. It is the state with the country's largest population, largest industrial complex, highest economic production, the one that receives the largest number of immigrants and, as expected, the most cosmopolitan state in South America. The state of São Paulo has 645 municipalities and a population of approximately 40 million inhabitants. With the country's best infrastructure and a highly skilled labor force, São Paulo can be called "Brazil's locomotive". São Paulo is also the financial and industrial center of Brazil. Because of its economic and demographic weight, São Paulo has always played a pivotal role in Brazilian politics."

Founding: The city was founded on January 25, 1554, by Portuguese Jesuit missionaries José de Anchieta and Manoel da Nóbrega, who established a mission — the Colégio de São Paulo de Piratininga — to convert the Tupi-Guarani Native Brazilians to Catholic religion. Located just beyond the Serra do Mar cliffs overlooking the port city of Santos, and close to River Tietê, the new settlement became the natural entrance to the vast and fertile plateau that would eventually become the State of São Paulo.

São Paulo, the world's second-largest city. In accordance with City Mayors Statistics, "the city of Sao Paulo, that is the world’s second-largest city, has a population of just over 10 million people. If the whole metropolitan area is included, the figure reaches over 15 million. São Paulo is now Brazil's biggest city - and one of the world's biggest. It has large numbers of people of Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese descent. Most people in Brazil are Roman Catholic. In São Paulo one-third of the people follow other religions. The world’s largest city in terms of population (more than 10.2 million), is Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Three other cities, Bombay (India), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Karachi (Pakistan), have grown to more than nine million people".

São Paulo is an ultramodern metropolis. "The largest city of Brazil and of South America, São Paulo is an ultramodern metropolis with skyscrapers, palatial homes, and spacious parks and recreational facilities. Its tropical climate is moderated by the city's altitude (2,700 ft/6,823 m). São Paulo, which dominates the vast hinterland of one of Brazil's wealthiest agricultural states, is Brazil's commercial, financial, and industrial center. Through its Atlantic Ocean port of Santos, it ships the farm produce of the interior. São Paulo is the center of Brazil's automobile industry; other important manufactures are textiles, processed foods, metal products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, furniture, and computers. Printing and publishing are also important. Abundant hydroelectric power has spurred industrial growth. The city is a major road, rail, and air transportation hub and has a modern subway system."

The State of São Paulo, "especially the capital, offers countless cultural options that suit all tastes and pockets: from exhibitions and outdoor concerts to internationally known museums and theaters with their sophisticated events. São Paulo is home to important and diversified cultural programs, such as distinguished orchestras, operas, ballets, exhibitions and concerts from all over the world."

45 comments:

  1. Wow! I had no idea that Sao Paulo was such a large city at all! That is amazing, all those huge tall buildings!! The architecture is really remarkable. That S shaped building is very unique!

    Thanks for sharing all those pictures and the information about this city Sonia. Very informative and interesting!

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  2. Sao Paulo is huge and really quite lovely to look at (especially from the air). How far away from Sao Paulo did you move? Do you still go back to visit? What is the population where you live now?
    I am drawn to places with low population densities, open spaces, and natural beauty. I can see, though, the beauty of this city. Thanks for showing us.

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  3. What a beautiful city. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  4. I feel like I was on a baloon ride!
    Your "Museum of Art" looks very nice. Would love to visit.

    Thanks so much for sharing your pictures.

    Connie

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  5. Wow - they're great photos. I didn't realise it was so big and populated. Hope you have a great Christmas! Helen

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  6. Wow! The city is huge! I was glad to see some green in among the buildings. I didn't know that it was the second largest city.

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  7. I'm shocked at how massive that city is. I had no idea it was the 2nd largest city, very interesting facts.

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  8. Wow, this is really something else than Trondheim, the third biggest city in Norway with 150 000 people

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  9. What a GRAND city!! Thanks for sharing your city! Some very beautiful buildings..I love to see where others are from!

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  10. Sonia, this is wonderful! I didn't know it was so large either; the city seems to go on and on. I was oging to ask the population, but I see it has to be in the tens of thousands.

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  11. Wow that is a big city. Always a pleasure to visit you Sonia. Lovely photos....All best to you.

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  12. I have been waiting for you to tell us about Sao Paulo. Wow is an understatement--amazing to see all those buildings sitting together in such a large city. I like big cities & part of me wouldn't mind living in a big city. What a contrast to where you live now. It is very interesting--thank you for taking us to Sao Paulo!

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  13. Sonia,
    I had no idea it was so big. I would have thought Toyko or Los Angeles, NY, or somewhere in Beijeng Ch. might have been right up there. Thanks for the info.

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  14. Many thanks Rachel, Rexroth's Daughter, Meow, Connie and Rob, Helen, Walter Jeffries, Heather, Britt-Arnhild, PJ, Kenju, Deana, Judith and Wendy, for your nice comments. I always appreciate your visit.
    Rexroth's Daughter: Enseada Azul locates 162 miles from São Paulo. Avaré City in 2004 has about 80,000 inhabitants. The main economy is based on agriculture, cattle and tourism proceeding from “Represa de Jurumirim”, Jurumirim’s Dam.

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  15. Hello Sonia. If you can spare a little time to come out from behind your camera and tell a little about yourself, I have tagged you for the Weird Habits meme. You will find the instructions on my latest post.

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  16. Great posts with lots of interesting information. We Americans don't think outside our own boundaries very often. Only New York gets close to matching any of South and Central America's bigger cities. Of the 45 cities in the Americas with over 1 million people, only nine are in the US. And compare that to China with 98 cities that have one million plus residents. Asia as a whole has 194 cities with populations over one million, including the biggies (Seol, Bombay, Jakarta, Karachi, and Tokyo), which, like Sau Paulo, make everything in the US outside of New York look tiny. I'm as impressed by the architecture in Sau Paulo as I am with the sheer size of it. Wow, Sao Paulo é um enorme cidade!

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  17. My husband's dream is to go to San Paulo! He can even speak a little Portugese.

    Feliz Navidad y un prospero ano nuevo. I know this is Spanish, but it is all I know.

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  18. Sonia: so interesting to see Sao Paolo, especially as it is generally pictures of Rio de Janeiro that are shown in travel programmes and articles about Brazil. I knew SP was a huge city, but seeing these photos really brings home the scale of it.

    A very happy Christmas to you and your husband, and thank you for your encouraging words over at my blog!

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  19. What a magnificent city. I hope you have a very very Merry Christmas!

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  20. Such a big city, It's a wonder I have never even heard of this place before. So it's out with the atlas again. We are near Melbourne, Australia. I have recently learnt more about South America when we watched The Motorcycle Diaries.

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  21. I love reading your blog Sonia. I always learn something new. I've also stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas and best wished to you and your family. Cheers!

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  22. Dear Sonia--A very happy Christmas to you & your family. I have enjoyed 'meeting' you through your blog & comments. 'See' you in the New Year. Peace & Happy Holidays to All!

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  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Sonia. I look forward to reading more about Brazil throughout the new year from your blog. Best wishes, Tanya.

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  24. Beautiful city! Your photos make me want to explore all the nooks and crannies.
    Merry Christmas Sonia!

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  25. Beautiful city. Christmas Alegre!
    >^..^<

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  26. Merry Christmas, Sonia. I have very much enjoyed your beautiful blog this last year

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  27. Beautiful city, Sonia!
    Great Photo's, too..

    I wish you and your husband a very very Happy Holiday!! And it is lovely to have met you through the Blogesphere!

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  28. Merry Christmas, Sonia!

    -Walter
    Sugar Mountain Farm
    in Vermont

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  29. Very interesting. The buildings are quite amazing! Fantastic!

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  30. Like others have written, I had no idea Sao Paulo was that large and cosmopolitan. I have not visited in South America at all, though I have been in the Dutch West Indies. Gorgeous photos--and you were so good about giving credit where credit was due. Hope you had a merry Christmas.

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  31. Merry Christmas Sonia ~ and I hope you have a very happy and healthy 2006!
    I have really enjoyed visiting your blog, and this post on Sao Paulo is very fascinating for me. What a magnificent, huge, cosmopolitan and vibrant place...thank you very much...I will enjoy sharing this information with my son, father and husband.

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  32. WOW!! I had heard that Brazil had some of the biggest and sophisitacted cities in the world; I'd never seen pictures to put it into perspective.

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing!
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday and you have a great new year!

    http://aquadshotyarnincville.blogspot.com/

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  33. Thanks so much Rachel, Rexroth's Daughter, Meow, Connie and Rob, Helen, Walter Jeffries, Heather, Britt-Arnhild, PJ, Kenju, Deana, Judith, Wendy, Jude, Mayberry, Barbara from California, Mary, Becca, Googs, Sandy, Judith, Tanya, Marie, JLBussey, Rain, Oldoldlady of the Hills, Oldwhitelady, Fran, Kali and Trish, for your kind words! Wish all a New Year filled with Peace, Joy and Love.

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  34. Hi Sonia..
    Just wanted to wish you the Happiest Of New Year's...

    Happy, Healthy & Prosperous, with much Love, too!

    I so enjoy coming to visit you and look forward to all your photographs and writings that go with them...

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  35. Hi Soninha,

    Lindas fotos de S. Paulo.

    Um beijão aqui de Portugal

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  36. Sonia,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us. I always feel like I have taken a little trip after visiting your blog. It has been wonderful to meet you and look forward to speaking with you in 2006.

    Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family.

    Connie

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  37. Sonia,

    Thanks so much for your lovely blog. I'm so glad I found it! It's always so enjoyable to visit you.

    Blessings and warmest wishes for the New Year to you and your family!

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  38. Happy New Year Sonia! Best wishes to you and your family!

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  39. Happy New Year, Sonia to you and your family. I've so enjoyed getting to know you and your wonderful country this past year through your blog. Un abraco!

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  40. Thanks for visiting my blog. The pictures are so wonderful. It is great to see other parts of the world!!

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  41. Wow, I had no idea that Sao Paulo was that big! I have some friends that were there for three years as missionaries for the LDS church.

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  42. Oi Mãe!!
    Lindas todas as fotos do seu blog!!!!
    Parabéns!!!
    Bjos do filho que TE AMA MTO!!!
    Nando

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  43. Always so nice to come for a visit to see you...I have always loved cathedrals...and its so nice to see the one's in your lovely city. Beautiful.

    I feel like you bring culture into my room.

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